Dillinger in Hollywood: New and Selected Short Stories
John SaylesISBN: 156025632X;
Book DescriptionBefore John Sayles was an Oscar-nominated screenwriter and celebrated independent filmmaker, he was a National Book Award-nominated writer of fiction. Now John Sayles has written his first short story collection in twenty-five years. The keynote story-"Dillinger in Hollywood"-is populated by leftovers from the Golden Age of Hollywood who live in a nursing home catering for "below-the-line" talent-dancers, stunt doubles, horse wranglers, stand-ins, studio drivers-who now wait for death anddementia, playing cards, breaking hips, busting ribs, and telling tall tales of days gone by. During one hot summer, Casey, a long-term resident, confesses that he "used to be John Dillinger. In the flesh." The supposed John Dillinger, a legendary outlawwho had been popped at the Biograph Theater, was simply a "stand-in." Sayles's stories, like his movies, are panoramic in scope, weaving together disparate elements, where the past has a powerful claim on the present, where the...
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